Former MLB Pitcher Gomes to Join Staff

Wayne Gomes at 13U/14U Practice

Former Major League Baseball pitcher, Wayne Gomes, is set to join the Ruffnecks coaching staff this summer as pitching coach for the Seniors/17U squad.  He joins skipper John Toffey, and assistants Brendan Casey and John Brickley.  With “Brick” and Gomes, the Ruffnecks have two men with MLB experience to mentor our players during the summer season.  Mr. Gomes enjoyed a 6 year career in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Phillies.  He pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 2002.  After retiring from baseball, Gomes built a successful business with his wife in the health care industry in his home state of Virginia.  He also founded the Virginia Baseball Academy in his home town of Hampton, VA where he remains active instructing and working with young athletes.  Gomes is a graduate of Old Dominion University and is in the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.  He was also inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Hall of Fame in 2010.

“The addition of a pitching coach with these credentials is huge for us this summer,” says Coach Toffey.  Indeed, the staff now consists of four qualified, dedicated, coaches.  Coach Gomes provides direction and experience to a staff of pitchers on the Senior team that has enjoyed success.  Several are headed to top tier Division I colleges.  “The pitchers will benefit from knowing there is a coach focused on their preparation, mechanics, and mindset,” adds Toffey.  Coach Brickley (who also runs the SAT Prep course for the team on the road) remarks, “Someone with Wayne’s background and knowledge is amazing for these kids.  And being a graduate of Old Dominion, he understands the value of heading to college.”

The Ruffnecks continue striving to enhance the experience for players in substantive ways.  Coach Toffey with the final word… “Playing tournaments, travel, and summer baseball is great, but we have focused and serious kids who have fun, and want to get better.  Coaching is important to these kids.  We are lucky to have Wayne join us.  I look forward to learning from him and watching the development of our pitchers.”

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Ruffnecks Featured on Perfect Game Site

The 17U “Senior” Ruffnecks are in the middle of a 16 day road trip that has carried them through Nashville, and on to the Perfect Game Elite Round Robin at LakePoint in Emerson, GA.  The trip has been challenging in terms of facing strong pitching and competition, as well as finding a rhythm the Ruffnecks can call their own.  The early going was rough, but competitive.  The Ruffnecks dropped three one run games in Nashville.  The team struggled, and may well again.  But when they got to Georgia, Coaches Toffey, Brickley, and Casey felt it important to practice… which the team has done EVERY day in addition to playing in the PG Elite RR.  “Just a good group of kids trying to get better,” says Coach Toffey.

On Wednesday, June 28th, the Perfect Game feature writers covered the Ruffnecks game vs. FTB Rockets out of Jupiter, FL.  It is the second time these two clubs faced each other in the past three years.  With no false humility, it is pretty obvious that the coverage was intended for the FTB Rockets and their roster that boasts ten Division I commits, including two to Florida, one to Miami, and one to Vanderbilt.  What the PG folks also discovered was a group of scrappy Ruffnecks from New England who captured their attention with solid, fundamental baseball, and a heart.  The team and coaches had no idea that the game was being covered, other than there were a number of professional scouts to check out the 90+ arms of FTB and a couple of position players.  “We keep telling the kids to play the game and ignore who is behind the backstop,” adds Coach Brickley, himself a long-time professional scout for the Reds and Toronto.  “Tonight, they did just that.  They played the game without distractions.”

Following an impressive 7-5 win, during which the Ruffnecks put up 3 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, and 1 in the 3rd, the reporters approached the Ruffnecks staff in the dugout.  The result is a feature article on the home page of the Perfect Game website (link provided below).

Link to PG Article

As a program that hails from New England, we hope this helps all of our fellow, hard working New England opponents, and programs to demonstrate that there are good players and well coached teams in the New England area.  And to all our worthy opponents in our home region, we thank you and hope you share in the spotlight.  You never know who is watching!

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